Our Top-10 List: Our Favourite Countries We Have Visited

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This list is our own personal top-ten favourite countries we have visited based on what we have seen and experienced in our travels. The criteria used to determine this list included natural and man-made attractions, history, food and value for money. With so many things to consider, it was not an easy decision to make (except for the winner Italy!). We updated the list after our family trip around Europe in 2017, and New Zealand in 2018.

1. Italy

Amalfi Coast Italy

From the spectacular coastal scenery of the Amalfi coast to the history and art in Florence, the food and the language, Italy has it all. We would go back to Italy in an instant (and we have gone back!).

2. Switzerland

Switzerland Waterfall

Switzerland was breathtakingly beautiful. Not much more to be said.

3. South Africa

Elephant baby on the road in Kruger National Park, South Africa 2016

It is cheap, easy to get around, they speak English, and there are animals, lots of animals!

4. India

Taj Mahal Agra India

Visiting a country more than once is a good indication that it is a special place. India affronts and excites all the senses at once.

5. Guatemala

Semuc Champey

The central American country of Guatemala is not on everyone’s must-do list, but sometimes that is part of the appeal. It’s unique culture, history and nature will surprise and impress.

6. Thailand

Food Cart in Phuket Thailand

Mostly because of the food, but the culture and people of Thailand are great too.

7. France

Cycling in Dijon France

Although the major cities have obvious attractions, it was the countryside and especially our time on the island of Corsica that made France one of our top favourites.

8. Mexico

Tulum Ruins

Mexico is much more than Tijuana and Cancun, from the bustling capital of Mexico City to the ruins of ancient civilisations, from the beaches to the mountains, there is something for everyone.

9. Indonesia

2014 Gitgit waterfall

Living in Bali for over a year, we have gotten to know the place very well.

10. New Zealand

Queenstown Lake Wakatipu

You hear about how good New Zealand is, but it did truly blow us away when we finally visited. Two weeks was not enough, you need time to savour its beauty.


* missing out on the top 10 are: Egypt, Turkey, Morocco, Laos, Costa Rica, Portugal, Belize, Slovenia, Spain, Czech Republic, Greece, Belgium, Sri Lanka

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